The possibility of arranging a Mini-IPL, a condensed edition of the Indian Premier League, has been discussed over the most recent IPL governing council meet. The idea is to replace the defunct Champions League T20, as proposed by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla. Most likely the 3-week mini-IPL will involve all 8 teams, to be held in the US.
The Mini-IPL is expected to be held outside India, with the USA reportedly in line to be one of the hosts. One of the sources close to the developments explained:
“It can be a great testing ground for what is possible in terms of reaching out to the Indian fan base abroad.It can be made financially viable if a market like the US is explored. Frankly, if the broadcaster finds it appealing then a lot of things fall into place.”
However, at this point no firm decision came out of their meeting and as a next step BCCI working committee meeting is scheduled on Friday (24th June), when a final decision is expected.
“We are likely to discuss the feasibility of the mini-IPL. We need to identify a slot for the tournament because we want as many star players to participate as possible,” the official said.
Though it is established that, it will replace the Champions League T20 – which was originally supposed to take place in the months of September-October, but owing to a low interest in the tournament, as well as sponsorship issues, it was done away with.
If the BCCI can eke out a tournament from the vacant two weeks in the schedule, the fans can expect another exciting T20 tournament, having already witnessed the World T20 and the IPL this year.